poor replication of west nile virus (new york 1999 strain) in three reptilian and one amphibian species.because west nile (wn) virus primarily cycles between mosquitoes and birds, north american reptiles and amphibians have not been evaluated as reservoir hosts of this virus. we infected three species of reptiles and one species of amphibian: iguana iguana (green iguana), thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis (florida garter snake), trachymes scripta elegans (red-ear slider), and rana catesbeiana (north american bullfrog). after inoculation with wn virus, some of the green iguanas, bullfrogs, and garter sn ...200314628941
mycoplasmosis in green iguanas (iguana iguana).mycoplasma iguanae was the suspected etiology of spinal disease in feral iguanas (iguana iguana) from florida. in an experimental infection study, juvenile iguanas were inoculated with m. iguanae intravenously or by instillation into the nares. blood samples obtained at intervals postinoculation were all culture negative for mycoplasma. gross anatomic and histologic findings at necropsy 12 wk postinoculation were unremarkable. mycoplasmas were cultured in high numbers from the posterior choanae ...200717679524
first reports of ectoparasites collected from wild-caught exotic reptiles in florida.we collected ectoparasites from 27 of 51 wild-caught, free-ranging exotic reptiles examined in florida from 2003 to 2008. sampled animals represented eight species, five of which yielded ectoparasites. reported new parasite distribution records for the united states include the following: the first collection of the african tick amblyomma latum (koch) from a wild-caught animal [ball python, python regius (shaw)] in the united states; the first collection of the lizard scale mite hirstiella stami ...201121337954
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